Kinetic theory for transverse optomechanical instabilities

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Abstract

We investigate transverse symmetry-breaking instabilities emerging from the optomechanical coupling between light and the translational degrees of freedom of a collisionless, damping-free gas of cold, two-level atoms. We develop a kinetic theory that can also be mapped on to the case of an electron plasma under ponderomotive forces. A general criterion for the existence and spatial scale of transverse instabilities is identified; in particular, we demonstrate that monotonically decreasing velocity distribution functions are always unstable.
Original languageEnglish
Article number043901
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume112
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2014

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Keywords

  • transverse symmetry-breaking instabilities
  • optomechanics
  • kinetic theory

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